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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

19th March

Regent’s Park

Red Kite: one very high bird flew NE at 9.45am, just below the murk. These are not the conditions that normal encourage this species to roam.

Red-legged Partridge: no sign of yesterdays bird.

Water Rail: present in the ditch.

Rook: one flew NE at 2.20pm. As with the Kite this species tends to be seen on those clear frosty mornings and not in overcast conditions.

Bushy Park

Mandarin: 8 birds (6 drakes and 2 ducks) were displaying on Queens River.

Carolina Wood Duck: a fully-winged bird drake was also with the Mandarins.

Redwing: over 200 birds in two flocks, one along Chestnut Avenue and another in the Paddocks.

Siskin: 40+ in the Woodland Gardens.

The sun eventually came out mid afternoon, so I popped over to the lake.

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A Cormorant comes in to roost on Heron Island

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Red crested Pochards were taking part in courtship display flights above the lake.

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Most adult Common and particularly Black-headed Gulls have now departed, in a weeks time there probably wont be many left.

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